Relationships

During the past 200 years Parliament has focused its attention on a wide range of issues affecting people's personal lives in relation to marriage, divorce and sexuality.

Often Parliament has passed legislation in response to campaigns by outside groups and organisations which have been anxious to protect vulnerable individuals. It has increasingly legislated on controversial issues where there have been many diverse, strongly-held opinions to take into account.

Key dates

Key dates

View the sequence of events and Acts of Parliament relating to the regulation of our relationships

Contemporary context

Contemporary context

Find out about some of the present-day issues concerning marriage and the family with which Parliament is concerned

Further your research

Further your research

Reference material for more in depth research about how Parliament has influenced the form of our relationships

Related information

Current parliamentary business on the topic of children and families